Six of Crows

Six of Crows

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"Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first"--
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627792127
Branch Call Number: YA BARDUGO
Characteristics: 465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Pretty much encompasses everything I love in YA fiction -- urban fantasy, a heist, a band of misfits, and an elaborate post-Renaissance setting. Can you really ask for anything more? -- Erin M.

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This books world building is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The author knows her world. She could almost live in it. The book is a little dark but a really good story. Your characters are not your typical cast but work for the story that is told. Very good story and even better world building.

Aug 08, 2020

Six of Crows (as well as its sequel Crooked Kingdom) by Leigh Bardugo is honestly the best series I’ve ever read. I started the book with high hopes because I’d heard so much good feedback, and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. In the novel, the government of Ketterdam hires a criminal named Kaz Brekker to rescue Bo Yul-Bayur. The scientist is being held in the Ice Court, a Fjerdan prison so secure that trying to invade it would be a suicide mission. However, the promised amount of money is more than enough for Kaz to form a team of misfits and make a plan. Every aspect of the novel is amazingly well-written. The setting is a fictional world that the author created with detailed descriptions of each city and some fantasy aspects (like Grisha who have magical powers). The storyline is totally unexpected with plot twists that always kept me on the edge of my seat and eager to know what comes next. While there is some romance, it’s covered very well and adds to the plot. Personally, my favourite part of the novel is the amazing characters. It’s difficult to write a diverse and interesting main character, but Leigh Bardugo managed to create six of them! The characters all vary in race/ethnicity, religion, and sexuality; and they deal with various disabilities and traumatic backgrounds. As an Indian, I’ve searched so long for proper representation, and this book does not disappoint! To sum it up, the Six of Crows duology contains all the humorous dialogue and romance of a good young adult novel with a thrilling plot that appeals to all ages.

Aug 01, 2020

Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Six Of Crows, is a magical adventure of high-risk trickery and thievery. A ruthless thief and gang leader, Kaz Brekker is offered an immeasurable sum of cash to steal a valuable hostage from an impenetrable stronghold. He’ll need all the help he can get. Inej, the spy. Jesper, the sharpshooter. Nina, the heartrender. Mattias, the former soldier. And Wylan, the runaway. This book is a great read, full of plot twists, revenge, and narrow escapes. Each of the characters have interesting backstories and attributes that contribute to the gang’s motley character. Although their minds are sometimes a bit more advanced than their age, this book is a great read!

Jul 24, 2020

I just loved this book. Kaz is unbelievably cunning. I fell in love with all of the characters! <3

May 30, 2020

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an intricately written book, full of twists and turns that have the reader glued until the end. Six of Crows is set in another world, where magic users exist, called Grisha. The story follows a crew of teenagers from diverse backgrounds as they try to pull off an impossible heist. If they succeed, they will all be rich beyond their dreams, but if they fail, the world as they know it won’t ever be the same. Bardugo did an excellent job with her well written, realistic dialogue that brought the characters to life. The plot is also excellent, with readers scrambling to figure out what happens next in this twist-filled heist. All the protagonists are multi-dimensional characters, which makes it fascinating to read from each other their unique points of view. One thing I did not like was how the start was a bit slow, but Bardugo soon speeds things up, and the plot moves forward quickly in the second half. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, interesting characters, and heist books. I give this book 5 stars! It is a must-read.

PSA: I am in love with every single member of the Dregs and I will never be over this story.

When I reread this this time, it took me a while to get into it. I've been going so hard with the rereads and the writing for my class that I feel like my brain has been depleted, but when I finally had the time and the brain power to settle into the story, I absolutely adored it once again. This story is full of such relentless action and moments that make me swoon, for SO MANY REASONS.

The exploration of the other cultures is what impresses me most about the scope of this series. The crew comes from such a variety of cultures and countries that are so distinct in my mind that I can’t help but sit back in awe at Bardugo's ability to craft these wonderfully fleshed-out cultures. Her world is taken so much further than it was with the story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling, and it is impossible not to be blown away.

Bardugo is incomparable when it comes to the quality and intricacy of her writing. I admire the way that she builds her settings so intricately; they’re so beautiful, and so different from one another, yet somehow, it makes sense that both Kerch and Ravka exist in the same world. Bits of Ravka bleed into Kerch in this book, and vice versa, and the world in this novel is so varied and wonderfully evocative. The streets of Kerch feel like old Amsterdam, and Fjerda is a desolate, icy wasteland. Her characters are such a delightfully mixed group of sarcastic badasses and sweet cinnamon rolls – and most are both, and as their relationships develop, I always find myself squeezing the book to my chest and grinning. Every time I reread this book, I find something new to be impressed with. The complexity of the characters, the absolutely stunning world-building, and the way Bardugo writes so effortlessly yet evocatively were all stand-outs this time, with witty dialogue and banter, almost-too-clever plotting, and relationship-building that sets my heart on fire coming in a close second.

Apr 18, 2020

It's been a good, long while since I read a good epic fantasy, but book one of this series certainly fits the bill. This is the tale of six misfits sent on a seemingly impossible quest to rescue the inventor of a drug that enhances the powers of the Grisha, individuals gifted with extraordinary powers. The group is lead by Kaz, an enigmatic and charismatic criminal genius with a mysterious past and a bright future, if he can just keep from getting himself and his companions killed.
Bardugo creates six intriguing characters and a new world that combines magic, legend, and folklore to create a memorable tableau. Yes, this is classified as a teen read, but any lover of epic fantasy will enjoy Kaz and his band of merry men and women, and the ending will leave you reaching for the next book in Bardugo's tale.
Happy reading!

JCLMirandaA Apr 08, 2020

This book has been in my To Be Read list for a long time and why did I wait so long to read it!? A group of unlikely misfits become a team to pull off an impossible heist each for their own reasons. This book is the first of duology and takes place in Bardugo’s Grishaverse, which started with the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but I actually read this one first and it can easily (with its companion) be read without Shadow and Bone.

Bardugo’s Grishaverse is stark and gritty, her worldbuilding is lush and detailed. This book has shifting perspective (which I am a sucker for) between the six main characters as well. They are all full and fascinating characters that I can’t get enough of by themselves and their relationships with each other as well (and their sassy dialogue). They each have such distinct voices. I partially listened to the audiobook and partially read this one. The audiobook is brilliant with a talented cast of voices. I’d highly recommend either form, honestly, you can’t go wrong. The plot was as intricate and twisty as the world itself. Bardugo makes the world feel so real, as if you could visit it. I cannot heap enough praises on this book I enjoyed it so much and when I finished couldn’t wait to read the sequel (beware of the cliffhanger)!

Mar 20, 2020

OH MY LORD! It has been a minute since I was COMPLETELY taken by a YA novel. Needless to say, I fell in love with this thieving crew. From their stories, the group dynamic, and the universe Leigh Bardugo so beautifully crafted.

Rating: 5/5

A thieving crew is enlisted by the rich and powerful merchant Jan Van Eck to break a scientist out of another country's notoriously fortified strongholds. The scientist, Bo Yul-Bayur, knows the secret to turning the world's magic wielders into unstoppable (and controllable) weapons. What results is a race between various gangs and countries to secure the scientist and his knowledge. This is the basic plot, but the book is sooo much more. The thieving crew put together by Kaz Brekker (aka Dirtyhands; reminds me of Tom from The Peaky Blinders), a thief vying for revenge against one of the most powerful gang lords of Ketterdam, will make you not want to put this book down. So who are they?

Inez, an acrobat from Suli who is stolen from her family and sold to a pleasure house is also known as The Wraith. Kaz offers Inez a way out of The Menagerie by joining his gang, the Dregs. Nearly impossible to detect with her quiet footwork and climbing skills (oh, her expertise with daggers is also a plus), she makes the perfect spy.

Kaz Brekker is a thief and a criminal who's notoriety in the Dregs is rapidly ascending. He has a vendetta against one of the most successful gang lords in Ketterdam and is out for blood.

Wylan Van Eck is the son of the merchant who enlists the crew to do his bidding. He left his household against his fathers will and has a knack for blowing things to smithereens.

Matthias Helvar, is a disgraced witch hunter (Druskelle) from Fjerda, a country who reviles Grisha. His entanglement with Nina Zenik, a Grisha, landed him in the Ketterdam Prison, Hellgate, after she accused him of being a slaver. Matthias, a person of upstanding character and morals, is offered a pardon if he is to aid Brekker and his crew. Working with Nina, therefore, will be quite difficult.

Nina Zenik is a powerful Grisha Heartrender who works at a brothel. Her ability to tinker with the minds and bodies of humans is what captures Kaz Brekker's attention.

Jesper Fahey is a charming sharpshooter from Zemeni (his father thinks he is currently studying at university) with a gambling problem. He's been in the gang (The Dregs) for a while now and is close to Kaz.

READ THIS BOOK! It is one HELL of a ride. I am SO glad that I purchased the collector's edition. If you have the option to get it, do it. I guarantee that this book will make a great addition to your collection.

Awesome universe with well-developed magic system and political/social intrigue.
Vibrantly interesting cast of characters.
The dynamic between the group- oh my gooooodness.
Fast-paced, quality plot line.

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Feb 18, 2020

I was curious about this book but only cautiously optimistic because I really enjoyed Bardugo's completed Grisha trilogy. Six of Crows takes place two years after the war that ended the trilogy, and I was happy my fears were unfounded. It is a richly detailed and thrilling YA fantasy.

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Jan 04, 2020

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all"

Sep 16, 2019

"I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all."

Mar 06, 2019

“You couldnt train a falcon than expect it not to run”

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

It's not natural for women to fight. //
It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

Kaz leaned back. 'What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?'
'Knife to the throat?' asked Inej.
'Gun to the back?' said Jesper.
'Poison in his cup?' suggested Nina.
'You're all horrible,' said Matthias.

Sep 15, 2017

Geels looked at Kaz as if he was finally seeing him for the first time. The boy he’d been talking to had been cocky, reckless, easily amused, but not frightening—not really. Now the monster was here, dead-eyed and unafraid. Kaz Brekker was gone, and Dirtyhands had come to see the rough work done.

Nov 30, 2016

I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.

Jun 27, 2016

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Jun 27, 2016

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

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Sep 15, 2017

Kerch is a land that worships gold and industry, and in this the slum rats of the Barrel are no different from the more supposedly more upstanding merchers of Ketterdam. Kaz Brekker has spent years building up the Dregs gang from nothing, creating the Crow Club, and laying a territorial claim to Fifth Harbour. With such a ruthless reputation, it is no surprise that a mercher might approach him with an unusual job, one that cannot be entrusted to just anyone. A Shu scientist has been captured by the Fjerdans, and is being held in the impregnable Ice Court. He holds the knowledge of a new drug, jurda parem, which can take Grisha power from miraculous to unimaginable, with terrible consequences, both for the Grisha, and for the world market. Kaz assembles a crew of his best pickpockets and thieves to travel to Fjerda during the Hringkalla festival, and attempt the impossible—breach the Ice Court, and extract Bo Yul-Bayur, before anyone else gets to him.

Jul 04, 2016

Kaz Brekker, the mysterious boy who brought the Dregs, one of Kerch's many gangs, up from the gutter, is tasked with an impossible challenge. Break into the most heavily guarded palace in the world and steal one of the most wanted men of the age.

Quickly he gathers a crew: a clever spy known as the Wrath; a sharp-tongued sharpshooter; a convict unwilling to betray his country; a Grisha who is using her powers to survive the slums; and a runaway who left behind luxury.

The gang must complete a mission akin to suicide or they will lose the prize and wind up dead. However, Kaz Brekker does not know the meaning of the word 'impossible'.


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